How to Find Your Perfect Prom Dress

Mar 2, 2022

It’s officially prom season! If you don’t have your dress yet, then some of these tips will be perfect to help you find one. And, did you know that we carry prom dresses here at K&B Bridals Hagerstown?! Click here to browse what we have.

How to Find Your Perfect Prom Dress

Here are our tips for finding the perfect prom dress for YOU!

Get inspiration

It’s always a good idea to gather some inspiration of what you’re looking for in a prom dress before you start shopping! Trends are constantly changing and new styles come out every year. Some good places to search for inspo include:

  • Pinterest
  • Teen magazines
  • TV shows and movies
  • Instagram
  • Fashion websites

Choosing a silhouette

One of the most important things that you’ll need to decide is the silhouette that you’d like your dress to be. The most common silhouettes include ballgown, A-line, mermaid, and sheath.

We personally believe that any body type can pull off any silhouette of prom dress! However, there are some things to consider depending on certain things that you’re looking to highlight or conceal about your body.

Ballgowns are obviously ideal if you truly want to feel like a princess at prom! If you’re a girly-girl, then a ballgown may be for you. They are a great choice if you want to be on the dance floor all night, because you’ll have a lot of movement available around your legs.

A-lines are the most versatile silhouette. They are super comfortable and are a bit less poofy than a ballgown. They are also a great choice for those who want to dance, because they offer a lot of moment, too! 

Mermaid or sheath gowns can beautifully highlight an hourglass figure. They are also super bold and trendy! Fitted gowns beautifully accent curves and your waist.

Examples of silhouettes:





Choosing styles

Style is pretty much just as important as silhouette. We also think that anyone can pull off any style, but of course, your personality and desires in a dress are going to vary person to person! Some different styles to consider include:

  • Lace vs. bling
  • Strapless vs. straps vs. sleeves
  • Cold-shoulder
  • Neckline types
  • Mini vs. tea length vs. floor length
  • Two-piece gowns
  • Solid color vs. patterns

Click here to browse the styles that we have!

Choosing colors

While choosing a silhouette and style is important, you’re probably going to spend just as much time deciding on a color!

One way to go about this is to consider the theme of your prom. If the theme is something about a “starry night” or “Phantom of the Opera,” then a dark, moody color will be perfect. If you have a Mardi Gras theme another fun type of theme, then a bold color or print will be perfect!

Honestly, we suggest trying on dresses in a wide variety of colors to get the best idea of what you love! When it comes down to it, you won’t know if you like it on yourself until you try it on. You might be surprised at what you like!

Classic or trendy?

Another thing that you might want to consider when trying to choose a prom dress is whether you want a more classic look or more of a trendy look. A more classic look likely means something more simple. It’s something that you will look back on and probably not regret! If you tend to be more bold and trendy with your personal style, then you might want to consider more of a trendy prom dress. Choose whatever reflects your personal style and taste!

Think about school guidelines

This might be the last thing on your mind, but make sure that you find out if your school has any rules on what you can wear to prom. Some schools have restrictions on certain things, including attire, straps, amount of skin shown, etc. It’s better to be safe than sorry before you purchase a dress!

When to start shopping

To be on the safe side, we suggest starting to shop about three months before prom. This gives you enough time to look at all of your options and to have time for alterations. However, if you’re reading this less than three months before prom, don’t worry! There are plenty of options out there, but you just might need to be a little more flexible in terms of style and color, depending on what’s available.

If you’re interested in shopping for a prom dress with us, we would love to help you! We are located in Hagerstown, Maryland. Click here to book an appointment!